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In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

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Robert Stevenson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Andrews ... Mary Poppins
Dick Van Dyke ... Bert / Mr. Dawes Senior (as Navckid Keyd)
David Tomlinson ... Mr. George W. Banks
Glynis Johns ... Mrs. Winnifred Banks
Hermione Baddeley ... Ellen - Maid
Reta Shaw ... Mrs. Brill - Cook
Karen Dotrice ... Jane Banks
Matthew Garber Matthew Garber ... Michael Banks
Elsa Lanchester ... Katie Nanna
Arthur Treacher ... The Constable
Reginald Owen ... Admiral Boom
Ed Wynn ... Uncle Albert
Jane Darwell ... The Bird Woman
Arthur Malet ... Mr. Dawes Junior
James Logan James Logan ... Bank Doorman
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Storyline

When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny's sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents. Written by Jwelch5742

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See It Again and Again with that Supercalifragilistic Music! [re-release Australia 1976] See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1964 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Mary Poppins See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$102,272,727

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,272,727
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

P.L. Travers wanted the animated chalk-drawing sequence removed from the film, but Walt Disney refused. See more »

Goofs

When Bert is singing one of his comical poems, a harmonica tune can be heard; however it's visible, but Bert himself doesn't always play it. See more »

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[first lines]
Bert: All right, ladies an' gents! Comical poem! Suitable for the occasion, extemporized and thought up before your very eyes! All right, 'ere we go!
[sings]
Bert: Room 'ere for everyone. Gather around.
[speaks]
Bert: The constable - responstable! Now 'ow does that sound?
[no response]
Bert: Hm.
[dashes over to Miss Lark, sings]
Bert: 'Ello, Miss Lark, I've got one for you.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits cast list, the actor playing Mr. Dawes, Sr. is initially shown as NAVCKID KEYD, then the letters unscramble themselves to show that this is a second role played by Dick Van Dyke. See more »

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Soundtracks

Step in Time
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Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Sung and Danced by Dick Van Dyke and Chimney Sweeps
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Practically Perfect
14 October 2005 | by djohn2581-1See all my reviews

Mary Poppins is, without a doubt, the finest non-animated film in the Disney canon (yes, there is lots of animation) and a genuine classic.

I won't repeat what's been said in the many fine reviews here on IMDb, I'll just say that there are a few problems that are glaring and make the film a tad less enjoyable for me: 1. Dick van Dyke's cockney accent is horrible. He sounds like an American imitating a Londoner trying to imitate a cockney. It's bloody awful! While I find his singing and dancing admirable and entertaining, his speaking voice is nails-on-slate. Had the producers just dubbed his speaking voice with that of Michael Caine - a real cockney - I wouldn't find this so annoying. This is tune out number one.

2. The film is too long. Some judicious cutting, especially of a couple of the lesser musical numbers, would have been in order. Also, the final boardroom scene in the bank goes on for far too long.

This is outweighed by the utter charm of the whole thing and the near-magical presence of the splendid Julie Andrews - a performer worthy of admiration if there ever was one. This is a woman with talent, incredible personal charm, and true charisma. She is a leading lady, pure and simple. She more than makes up for the aforementioned minor problems for every second she is on screen is magic.

One glaring omission from all the reviews I've read is an appreciation of the two ladies who played the elder servants in the household - the American character actress Reta Shaw and the British Hermione Baddley (sp?). Both lend top-notch support and are quite wonderful, especially Shaw, who was one of the most popular and talented character actresses of her era. (She is best remembered for her semi-recurring role on TV's BEWITCHED and for her presence in most of Doris Day's films.) Shaw was a skilled song-and-dance performer with a deep voice and commanding presence and a master scene stealer.


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